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An Urgent Request-Women of Faith Unite!

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Partners in Compassionate Care is very excited to enter the 11th year of bringing hope and healing to our brothers and sisters in South Sudan. We cannot count the many blessings that God has given over the last 10 years. While South Sudan is now a free and independent nation, the challenges that inspired the construction of Memorial Christian Hospital remain the same: very high infant and maternal mortality, minimal access to quality healthcare, poor sanitation, rampant incidence of preventable illnesses, etc.

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I want to narrate story of a woman who came to Memorial Christian Hospital during the time I served as MCH Site Administrator. A pregnant woman walked onto the hospital grounds around noon accompanied by her husband and two other women. The poor woman had been in labor for about two and half days and traditional birth attendant could not help her anymore. The family decided to walk (covering a distance of about 3 miles) to MCH to seek professional help.

The family arrived safely, but our doctor was in Bor town for his weekend time off. The nurse examined the baby and the mother and found the baby’s heart rate was good, but the mother was exhausted due to prolonged labor. Nurses found the cervix dilated to the fullest, but the mother had no more energy to push. The nurses measured the cervix and they determined that the cervix was too small for the baby’s head to pass through. The nurses concluded that the mother needed a cesarean section, but there was no way to contact the doctor and no running vehicle that could take the woman to another town. We were helpless.

Before I tell you how this story ends, let me tell you why I’m sharing it with you. Memorial Christian Hospital is in the same situation today as we were at that time. We serve a rural community and currently have no running vehicle. The roads are often impassable due to mud and ruts and even in the dry season, the conditions are very harsh. Without a vehicle, we are not able to transport patients and supplies when needed.

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Now back to my story. We asked the family to carry the mother to the road junction and maybe they would be lucky to find a vehicle going to Bor Town. The two women agreed, but the husband strongly disagreed saying that he did not want his wife to go through C-Section. The woman being submissive to her husband and not aware of her rights, remained silent during our attempt to convince her husband. We became frustrated with the man and asked him to sign a document indicating that he refused to follow medical advice to take the woman to Bor for surgery. During this time, the staff and relatives began to pray, asking God to soften this man's heart. At the end of our prayers, the husband agreed to take his wife to the road junction where they would wait for a vehicle to take them to town.

As we were preparing the blanket to carry the woman to the road junction, the woman insisted that she would try to walk. I was amazed and humbled by her courageous attitude. I silently prayed to God, “Lord this woman has already broken water and the baby’s head is already on the cervix and she wants to walk?” I went into my room and cried.

As I was crying in my room, many thoughts came to my mind. If this was the United States, this woman would have been at the emergency room within a few minutes and the needed procedure would have been done many hours ago. But this woman and her unborn child are going to die because they happen to be in South Sudan. They are going to die because I could not transport them to Bor Hospital on time. More importantly she is going to die just because she is a woman in South Sudan.

The family managed to get the woman to the road junction and they found a vehicle that took her to Bor hospital. She had a C-section and by the grace of God, the baby boy was born healthy. They spent two days at the hospital and then were discharged. The next month, the mother brought the baby to MCH for immunizations. We all celebrated what God had done for her and the child.

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The reason I am telling this story is to highlight the urgent need for a vehicle at the MCH. Our old vehicle has had too many trips over the very rough roads and is now beyond repair.

The good news is that the US dollar goes a long way in South Sudan and the cost of a brand new vehicle is the same as what we bought a used one for in the past. The total cost of a new 4-wheel drive Land Cruiser is $45,200 including shipping, taxes and all the registrations. Amazingly, God had already provided $5,000 through an anonymous donor. We are asking for your help so that we can secure this vehicle for MCH as soon as possible. 

Make a secure online gift HERE!

With gratitude for your care and help,

Deng
Deng

Deng Jongkuch Partners in Compassionate Care Executive Director

Fun at Ride for Refuge!

Partners in Compassionate Care participated in the 2015 Ride for Refuge on October 3rd. Five teams, led by PCC board members, headed out on a chilly Saturday morning to raise funds and awareness for Memorial Christian Hospital in South Sudan. Whether on foot, on wheels, or by supporting, we are grateful for everyone who participated. Together we raised over $3500 which will be used for medicine and supplies at the village hospital in Werkok.

 

Save The Date - October 3

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Join us as we Ride(and this year you can walk too) for Refuge on October, 3, 2015!

What is the Ride for Refuge? Check out this video and find out!

How can you participate in The Ride?

Form a team! or Join a team! Go here and REGISTER

Are you wondering - Where can I ride?

Grand Rapids, Michigan or Chicago, Illinois or Nashville, Tennessee

or you can form a team and RIDE ANYWHERE!

Do you have more questions? Go HERE or Email us at info@pccsudan.org

 

 

 

1.25 Million People Waiting for an X-Ray!

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Our year end thrust is to be able to send a brand new portable X-ray machine to South Sudan, to be installed at MCH.  Spectrum Health donated the CR, the part that turns the X-rays into digital images, as well as half the cost of the new x-ray machine.

Now we need your help to get this machine to South Sudan.

The new x-ray machine waiting to be shipped to South Sudan.
The new x-ray machine waiting to be shipped to South Sudan.

When this equipment is installed at MCH, it will be the only x-ray for 1.25 million Sudanese living in our service area in South Sudan!!  It will help save lives by giving our doctor the information he needs to properly diagnose patients. It will also help MCH generate additional income towards becoming self-sustaining since people who can afford to pay for their treatment will pay a fee for the x-ray service. We’ve already seen this proven by the revenue generated from our ultra-sound machine.

We have a former Sudanese "Lost Boy" who trained to be an x-ray technician here in the States, and he is willing to return to South Sudan and work at MCH. He wants to give back to his own people as the nation learns to be independent and free.

In order for PCC to accomplish this year end goal, we need to secure $44,000 to cover the remaining balance of the machine, transportation to South Sudan, the critical spare parts to have on hand, and the costs associated with the first year of implementing the machine.

We have been so blessed in America to have access to the latest in medical technology while many in South Sudan do not even have access to basic diagnostic equipment like x-ray.  Please consider what you can do to help PCC bring this needed equipment to Memorial Christian Hospital as we continue to bring hope and healing to South Sudan.

Secure online gifts can be made by clicking the Donate Now! button at the top of this page.

God is the Healer

Jima was brought to the Memorial Christian Hospital (MCH) mobile clinic in Bor by his parents. He was unconscious and the family explained that they had already taken him to the civil hospital where they were told he had no illness. Friends advised they take him to see the skilled staff at MCH.

Dr. Gai examined Jima and ran some tests which showed he was suffering from cerebral malaria, an often fatal condition. Jim was very weak and ill and his family and even the MCH staff were concerned he would not make it. When Jima began to improve, his parents thanked the MCH staff for healing him. Dr. Gai replied, "give thanks to God since He is the healer." Join us, along with Jima and his family, in thanking God for restoring this young man's health.

Memorial Christian Hospital Update

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The past 6 months have been very difficult for PCC and our Staff at Memorial Christian Hospital in Werkok.  On December 30, we had to evacuate our Staff and close the MCH due to the 15,000 Rebels in the White Army advancing toward Werkok and Bor.  We sent out many emails asking prayer for a hedge of protection and a legion of angels around MCH and God answered your prayers!!  I believe that these rebels saw angels surrounding MCH as nothing was looted or destroyed as many of the other homes and properties were destroyed in Bor and surrounding communities.  Even though our Staff and PCC have endured struggles these past 6 month, PCC has seen the faithfulness of God in the following ways:

  • He has enabled us to open a clinic in the Capital City of Bor at the Mission Garden of Christ (MGC).
  • We opened a 2 room Clinic in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp across the Nile River where 100,000 Sudanese have fled the fighting.
  • We have been treating an average of 130 persons per day in both clinics which has saved many Sudanese lives.
  • The used vehicle that we purchased in 2006 is not repairable, but a donor has contributed $15,000 for another vehicle.
  • The Minister of Health for the Jonglei State, Dr. Angok Kuol Tiir, visited our MCH Staff recently and he told them that the MCH is rated by the Sudanese Public as the number one Hospital in the entire Jonglei State.
  • Due to the increase patient load, PCC is going to hire 2 new Nurses, 2 new Pharmacy Technicians, and a new Lab Technician.  We also are hiring a Sudanese to be in charge of logistics for MCH.  This will enable our Administrator to stay on the MCH Compound to do his job
  • We are planning to reopen MCH in July as there are many patients seen in the clinics who are needing surgery.  We also feel that Sudanese who fled communities to the IDP Camp will feel that security has returned when MCH is reopened.

When PCC was founded in 2004, our goal was to someday turn MCH over to Sudanese leadership.  The PCC Board felt that Rev. Dr. Stephen Mathiang is the Sudanese Leader who is capable of providing the oversight and leadership for MCH.  We have worked with him from our beginning days in 2003.  Pastor Stephen built the Mission Garden of Christ Leadership Training Center in Bor that is just 11 miles from MCH.  When I was with the Staff in Bor in April, I discussed PCC's desire to have MCH be under a Sudanese Non Governmental Organization (NGO).  After much discussion and deliberation, the MCH Staff unanimously agreed with this plan.  PCC will continue to be involved with MCH but will do so as a Supporting Agency.  Pastor Stephen and his NGO Board will be involved with the day to day Administration of MCH.  It has been very difficult for PCC to Administer MCH from a half world away!!  PCC is finishing the first Draft of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and will send that Document next week to Pastor Stephen for his comments and suggestions.  This is the Document that will state how our 2 Organizations will work together as MCH moves forward under Pastor Stephen's Leadership.

Thank you for your prayers and support.  We were not able to begin construction of the Growth Center and a house for our Doctor and Administrator this year.  Please continue to pray for complete security to return to South Sudan so that these important additions can be provided for MCH.

Blessings,

David Bowman

Sudanese Gather for 2 Days of Prayer in South Sudan

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Last Saturday and Sunday a meeting was called for all Sudanese to come to historic Zion Church.  This is the Church that was built in the early 1990's where the Sudanese came to burn their idols and decided to worship God. This site is just 1 mile from MCH.

Last Saturday and Sunday, 2 big days of prayer were held at Zion Church.  Many Sudanese came from Bor, Juba, refugee and Internally Displaced People (IDP) Camps to pray at Zion Church.  Former Bishop Nathaniel Garang, local leaders and Government Officials from Bor and Juba were also present.  This meeting was even broadcast on South Sudan TV in Juba.

The Government and County authorities told the Sudanese that they are thinking of closing shops and other things at the IDP Camp so that Sudanese will go back to their rural villages.  Deng Alier, who sent me this information, said as he passed MCH on his way to this meeting at Zion Church, it was so sad for him to see MCH sitting idle without humans.  PCC has talked with the Staff about re-opening MCH as soon as Michael returns from Juba with the used vehicle to replace our old one that broke down.

This past Monday, a record of 150 Sudanese were seen at the Clinic that MCH is running at Pastor Stephen's Mission Garden of Christ.  MCH is also running a Clinic in the IDP Camp across the Nile River from Bor.

The Minister of Health for the Jonglei State, recently told the MCH Staff that Sudanese have said that the Memorial Christian Hospital is the best Hospital in the entire Jonglei State.  Please pray and ask God to provide added strength to our Staff as they treat and minister to the physical and spiritual needs of Sudanese who come daily to these 2 clinics.  Please pray that God will continue to supply PCC with the funds needed to continue bringing Hope and Healing to Sudanese as the Memorial Christian Hospital will soon be reopened.  Many Sudanese have been seen will be needing surgery which we cannot do at the clinics (another reason we need to reopen the hospital).  Pray that lasting peace will soon return to South Sudan.

PCC Hospital Opens in Bor Town and Awerial IDP Camp

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In response to the lack of security and vacated population around the Memorial Christian Hospital (MCH) in Werkok, the MCH staff have postponed reopening the hospital in Werkok and instead opened temporary clinics in Bor Town at Mission Garden of Christ (MGC) and at the Internally Displaced Person Camp at Awerial.   The Bor town clinic opened in April and the IDP camp clinic in May. MCH is not doing surgeries at this time, but is being kept very busy with the urgent healthcare needs of the community.  The hospital in Werkok will remain closed until the security is improved in Werkok and surrounding villages.

Security in Bor Town has improved and many people are returning to their homes from the IDP camps and the other places to which they fled. Schools and businesses are now opening in Bor Town.  Due to this differential in security it is obvious that for the moment Bor is the best place for the staff to serve the health needs of the people.  Please pray with us that this "fragile" stability in Bor Town continues and stability also returns to the whole area so that all the people may return to their homes.  The team has also rented a building for a temporary clinic in the Displaced Persons Camp across the river and serves the needs of the 100,000 displaced people who have relocated to that area.

The challenge we are facing now is that everything is in short supply at this time. Food, medicine, transportation, are all very hard to come by and very expensive. The only thing there is plenty of is hurting people. The PCC community has responded generously to help us purchase medicine and supplies, and the need continues more now than ever. Malnourishment and disease are rampant in the area and the World Health Organization says that the pregnant women and new born babies are being most adversely affected in the Bor region.

An Answer to Prayer

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The PCC board, MCH employees, and the South Sudanese extend special thanks and much appreciation for keeping the hospital in your prayers during this crisis in South Sudan. Your prayers have been answered in so many ways. Jesus said, if we have faith in Him, we can move mountains. God answered your prayers by protecting the hospital when rebels were using Werkok as a base camp to invade Bor. The village of Werkok was burned to the ground but Memorial Christian Hospitals is still standing and the rebels never even ventured into the hospital. MCH was preserved intact and all of the staff reached safety and now are serving the traumatized people of Bor County. This is a direct answer to your prayers for the hospital.

Please continue praying for peace in South Sudan and around the world. The South Sudan government and the rebels have been negotiating their differences in Ethiopia. Pray that the Lord opens their hearts and they find the means to settle their differences and find resolutions that can bring an end to the suffering of their people in South Sudan.